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post #1 of 10 Old 04-23-2009, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Help! What would you do?

So I've had my boy for about 14 months. For the first year, I was in a very bad stabling situation. Long story short, I was barely ever able to ride. Lets say about once a month. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Now that I've been at my new barn for about two months now, I've had lots and lots of time to ride. I ride about 3-4 times a week. Big difference! I've recently found that my horse is seemed to be between 18 and 22 years old. He was sold to me as a 13 year old. It is hard to tell more exactly, because he cribs. I am going to send his tattoo number to the Jockey Club (he's an OTTB) soon to find out his history AND age.
Lately since I've gotten to riding him so much, he's showing his age. He's had a fairly bad sway back, but its never really gotten in our way. His back has been tender to the touch. His legs are getting stiff after rides more. I got him a wither relief pad, which does help some.
Someone told me to try a joint supplement. I'm not sure what he needs though. I don't really have the money to put him on anything expensive.
So the same person I've been talking to brought the fact of selling him to a more relaxed home. This summer I want to do a lot of new things like paperchases and shows, etc. I don't see how Drake will be fit for the job. It breaks my heart at the very thought of selling him. He is my first and only horse. It already brings tears to my eyes to think about it.

What would you do?
Thanks,
Laura

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-23-2009, 09:12 PM
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If you can find a good home that will keep him as a companion, or something very light, then sell him. It's not fair to either of you if you want to move up. As long as you're as careful as you can be there wont be a problem.
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post #3 of 10 Old 04-23-2009, 11:27 PM
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If he's not going to work for what you want to do I'd sell him and get one that will.
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post #4 of 10 Old 04-24-2009, 12:22 AM
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That is sad. :[ I think it would be better for you both to sell him to a home that will love him as a companion animal, or maybe as a light kids' horse or something, and maybe you will be able to visit him. If you want to move up, then you need a different mount. Such a sad situation - but I think it would be better for both of you.
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post #5 of 10 Old 04-25-2009, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I don't know. I feel like he'd be happier if I found him a more relaxing home.

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post #6 of 10 Old 04-25-2009, 04:58 PM
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Yeah, I don't know. I feel like he'd be happier if I found him a more relaxing home.
It is good that you are thinking of your horse before yourself. It sounds like he is giving his all for you - and that is all that can be asked of him. I think you should try to find him a home where you can visit him often. :]
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post #7 of 10 Old 04-25-2009, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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I am definitely going to try that!! A woman I know might be interested in him, well I at least I hope. I'm hoping that she would keep him at the barn I am at now! That would be super cool.

So does everyone think it would be best to sell him to a loving, relaxing home as close as possible?

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post #8 of 10 Old 04-25-2009, 07:53 PM
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It may be hard, but I would sell him if I were you. It's better off in the long run; plus you said he might not be fit for the job. ;)
I would sell him to a nice, relaxing home, yes. I think you're making a good decision that's right for you.

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post #9 of 10 Old 04-25-2009, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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I've just started him on fluid-flex and fat cat. I'm hoping these will make him look a little better. Add some weight, help the stiffness. My barn owner said it would be easy to sell him. I'm going to call around to some people I know before I put up any ads.
This is really sad, but I just think that it will be best. I'm going to talk to my trainer/barn owner asap more in depth about. I'm going to try to not cry! Lol. He's a guy so that will be awkward, but oh well!

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post #10 of 10 Old 04-28-2009, 02:16 PM
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If he would be happier there then yes I would sell him and if yuor looking for a younger horse and he turns out to be 17-18 that wont work. My friend recetly sold her first pony on saturday it was sad when we loaded her in there trailer. My friend was sad and crying but alos kinda happy cause her and lily just didnt click and our insturcot and her had been joking around at lessons the week before that when they loaded her in and they had pulled away they were going to do the happy dance. That probably will not be the same with you it seems like you 2 really click and as I have heard lily and her new owners really clicked so what im saying is my friend thought about lily before herself.
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